Coin and Medal Programs

The U.S. Mint produces the nation’s circulating coins. The Mint also produces coin-related products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and precious metal bullion coins.

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Circulating Coins

Circulating coins are used for everyday transactions. Find measurements and metal content information on the Coin Specifications table.

Circulating Coin Programs

Congress authorizes coin programs to inspire interest in our circulating coins. The 50 State Quarters Program started in 1999 as our first circulating coin program.

Dollar Coins

Since 2012, dollar coins are circulating quality produced as collectibles, not for everyday transactions. However, they may be still used as legal tender.

Collectible and Investment Coins

The Mint produces precious metal coins for collectors and investors in proof, uncirculated, and bullion finishes. The Mint also makes commemorative coins to celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions, and raise money for important causes.


The Mint produces a variety of national medals to commemorate significant historical events or sites and to honor those whose superior deeds and achievements have enriched U.S. history or the world.

Additional Coin Resources

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